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The name of the Allen family is derived from the given name Alan, which is thought to mean "little rock" or "headstone." The name was popular among the Breton followers of William the Conqueror due to St. Alan, a 5th-century bishop from Quimper, Brittany; during the Middle Ages, parents often named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint.

Allen Early Origins



The surname Allen was first found in the lands of Shropshire, where Walter FitzAlan of Brittany held a family seat after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The parish of Mileham, Norfolk is of early significance to the family. "This place, at the time of the Conquest, was given to Alan, son of Flaald, and ancestor of the Fitz-Alans, earls of Arundel, who erected a strong castle here, of which some vestiges may still be traced, within the area of an intrenchment of twelve acres; the site of the keep is pointed out by an inner intrenchment by which it was surrounded." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Allen Spelling Variations


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Allen Spelling Variations



Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Alan, Allan, Allen, Alleyn, Allayne, Allaine, Allain, Allanach, Allanshaw, MacAllan and many more.

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Allen Early History


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Allen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Allen research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1532, 1594, 1583, 1658, 1596, 1671, 1637, 1608, 1673, 1610, 1681, 1612, 1685, 1614, 1677, 1621, 1663, 1660, 1677, 1686, 1677, 1686, 1694, 1764, 1635, 1705, 1692, 1700, 1661, 1726 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Allen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Allen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Allen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable of this family during the Middle Ages was William Allen (1532-1594), an English prelate; Francis Allen (ca.1583-1658), an English financier, politician and regicide who sided with parliament in the civil War against Charles I; John Allen, or John Allin (1596-1671) English settler America in 1637-38, one of the founders of...

Another 125 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Allen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Allen In Ireland


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Allen In Ireland



Some of the Allen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Allen:

Allen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Allen, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Mr. Allen, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • William Allen, who landed in Massachusetts in 1623
  • William Allen, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • William Allen, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1624
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Allen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Allen, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1701
  • Eliza Allen, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • James Allen, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Samuel Allen, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1702
  • William Allen, who landed in South Carolina in 1702
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Allen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Allen, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Isabella Allen, aged 32, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • James Allen, who arrived in South Carolina in 1805
  • John Allen, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Thomas Allen, who arrived in America in 1805
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Allen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Thomas Richard Allen, who landed in Alabama in 1918

Allen Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Alexander Allen, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • William Allen, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Allen, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Allen, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Allen, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Allen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Allen, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1815
  • Timothy Allen, who arrived in Canada in 1828
  • John Allen, who arrived in Canada in 1830
  • M. Allen, aged 22, a gentleman, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Ward" from Limerick, Ireland
  • Thomas Allen, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Allen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Allen, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  • James Allen, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  • John Allen, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  • Joseph Allen, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  • William Allen, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Allen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Allen landed in Waipa, Auckland, New Zealand in 1804
  • Thomas Allen landed in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Amelia Thompson
  • W Allen landed in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Amelia Thompson
  • William Allen landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Cuba
  • Fredrick Kenneth Allen landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Allen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Allen (post 1700)



  • Peter Allen (1920-2016), born Harold Levy, Canadian-born, American broadcaster and radio announcer, host of Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts (1975–2004)
  • Robert Eugene Allen (1935-2016), American businessman, CEO of AT&T (1988–1997)
  • Frederick W. Allen (1926-2016), American lawyer and jurist, Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court
  • Eugene Allen (1918-2015), American Academy Award winning art director, President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (1983-1985)
  • Susan Allen (1951-2015), American harpist, Associate Dean of the Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts
  • Eric Allen (1949-2015), American CFL football player for the Toronto Argonauts (1972-1975)
  • Lee Dale Allen (1934-2012), American professional wrestler and wrestling coach
  • Brigadier-General Wayne Russell Allen (1899-1975), American Commanding Officer 160th Infantry Regiment (1937-1941)
  • Major-General Terry de la Mesa Allen (1888-1969), American Commanding General 104th Division, North-West Europe (1943-1946)
  • Brigadier-General Frank Albert Jr. Allen (1896-1979), American Chief Public Relation Supreme Headquarter Allied Expeditionary Forces (1944-1945)
  • ... (Another 38 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Allen Historic Events


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Allen Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Elizabeth  Allen (1845-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Amy A  Allen (1869-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Mr. John Robert  Allen (1887-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Ms. Georgina Allen (1889-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Elsie  Allen (1901-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. William E S Allen (b. 1916), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Brighton, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. John G Allen (b. 1907), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. James E Allen (b. 1904), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Brighton, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Edward B Allen (b. 1919), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from North Kensington, London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Charles W Allen (b. 1919), English Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Godstone, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Royston Frederick Allen, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Herbert James Allen (b. 1920), English Marine from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard HMS Anking and was lost in 1942
  • Mr. Graeme Philip Allen, British Midshipman Royal Indian Navy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Exeter

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William K Allen, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Jack Allen (b. 1915), English Leading Seaman from Undercliffe, Bradford, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. John Allen, American 2nd Class passenger from Philadephia, Pennsylvania, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Norman Frederick Allen, English Second Waiter from Hurst Pier Point, Sussex, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Miss Dorothy Ditman Allen, American 1st Class Passenger from Philadephia, Pennsylvania, USA going to Liverpool, England as maid to the Crompton family, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. George Allen (d. 1912), aged 26, English Scullion from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Frederick Allen (d. 1912), aged 17, English Lift Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Ernest Frederick Allen (1888-1968), aged 24, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on collapsible B
  • Mr. William Henry Allen (d. 1912), aged 35, English Third Class passenger from Birmingham, West Midlands who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Miss Elizabeth Walton Allen, aged 29, American First Class passenger from St. Louis, Missouri who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 2
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Allen


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Suggested Readings for the name Allen



  • The Allen Family: Descendants of John and Amy Cox Allen with Allied Lines by Lester M. Allen.
  • Allen and Allied Families by Dorris Allen O'Neal Dunn.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Allen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Allen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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